Maria Brabiner has told ITV Daybreak that surviving the welfare cuts is just like rationing during World War II.
Maria, who has been unemployed since 2010, says she is desperately seeking employment in order to make ends meet. She lives on just over £70 a week.
She told Daybreak: "I'm treating it as a war situation.
"My mum and her generation survived World War II on rationing drastically food and heating and that's what people in my situation are going to have to do."